Aside from enjoying my time at a beautiful minor league ballpark and downtown, I found another great aspect of Greenville, S.C.: Sam Travis' hitting ability.
The San Francisco Giants assigned right-handed reliever Daniel Slania to Double-A Richmond from Class-A Augusta on Monday.
As a corresponding move, the Giants assigned 2014 27th-rounder Connor Kaden to Augusta.
Slania, 22, joins recent GreenJacket teammate Carlos Alvarado in the Richmond bullpen. Slania had a 3.99 ERA with 46 strikeouts to 21 walks in 58.2 innings for Augusta this season.
Matt Duffy has been called up to The Show.
Duffy, a 2013 Augusta GreenJacket, will have his contract purchased from Double-A Richmond on Friday, along with outfielder Jarrett Parker. San Jose Mercury News' Alex Pavlovic first reported Thursday night that Duffy and Parker would get the call. I heard confirmation the same night.
With a month left in the season, the San Francisco Giants are moving some minor leaguers around to give them tastes of different levels. The moves continue to affect the Augusta GreenJackets.
Outfielder Tyler Horan has been assigned to Advanced-A San Jose on Friday. Horan represented the last high draft choice and power threat in the GreenJackets lineup.
Third baseman Sam Mende, a 24-year-old former Colorado Rockies minor leaguer, was also assigned to San Jose after just four games in Augusta.
The Braves acquired left-handed reliever James Russell, utility man Emilio Bonifacio and cash from the Cubs for prospect Victor Caratini at the deadline Thursday.
Having seen Caratini several times since he was drafted in the second round last year out of Miami-Dade College in Kendall, it's tough to see the Braves give up one of the better pure hitters in the system. I tabbed Caratini as a plus-potential hitter in the future with a 6 ceiling on the hit tool.
When I checked the box scores Saturday and Sunday during my vacation, I noticed Ryder Jones wasn't in the lineup consecutive days. I assumed he was dinged up or would go on the disabled list for rest, and I planned to ask when I returned from vacation Monday.
I never got to ask, because Jones was in Salem-Keizer by the time I returned. The thought of a demotion to short-season ball at this time of the season never crossed my mind.
Tuesday, July 29 - 7 p.m.
Greensboro Grasshoppers (68-40)
RHP Jose Adames (2014 A: 11.1 IP, 16 H, 7 R/ER, 2 BB, 10 K; 2014 SS: 27.1 IP, 1.32 ERA, 2.64 FIP, 25 K%, 9.8 BB%, .356 BABIP)
Augusta GreenJackets (51-55)
RHP Joan Gregorio (22.2 IP, 6.75 ERA, 4.24 FIP, 25.5 K%, 12.3 BB%, .391 BABIP)
Monday, July 28 - Augusta 7, Greensboro 3
The GreenJackets rebounded well from a rough Sunday loss to claim two leads and an eventual win Monday night, all backed by a tremendous night from catcher Ty Ross.
Ross has made great strides at the plate over the course of the season. After plodding along the first few months, he started to pick up steam around the All-Star break. He turned on the jets in July, and it's been his best stretch over the past 18 games.
Monday, July 28 - 7 p.m.
Greensboro Grasshoppers (68-39)
LHP Chris Sadberry (2014 SS: 11 IP, 13 H, 5 R/ER, 2 BB, 11 K)
Augusta GreenJackets (50-55)
LHP Steven Messner (2014 A: 75.1 IP, 4.54 ERA, 3.80 FIP, 16.6 K%, 7 BB%, .379 BABIP)
After a rough stretch that saw the GreenJackets lose six of seven, they were set to win a third straight game Sunday until a five-run eighth inning by Greensboro changed their fortunes quickly.
Thursday, July 24 - Savannah 2, Augusta 1
A late home run by Colton Plaia overshadowed what was a solid overall night for Tyler Horan. Plaia hit a solo homer in the ninth for Savannah's go-ahead and eventual winning run.
Augusta is now 6-10 against Savannah this season. The GreenJackets have lost six of their past seven.